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for the defense department may be cursing the news out of the pentagon. they will be forced to take one day off each week of massing spending cuts take place on march 1. >> i will pay the mortgage and utilities, and then you live on what is left. >> the furloughs would begin in mid-april and last more than five months. the pentagon would need to find billions more in savings if no deal is reached. >> this is felt in big and small towns alike, and it won't be just limited to communities with active duty basis. >> it is not just those working for the military who would be affected. unemployed would seek 10% of unemployment benefits evaporate. president obama talked about the sequester's impact in an interview with our sister station. >> we do not need these automatic,-spending cuts that could hurt our economy and military readiness. >> house speaker john boehner asked of the president, what is he doing to stop the sequester that would hollow out our armed forces? as politicians squabble over who should give what in negotiations, defense secretary leon panetta is overseas talking with nato about h
gathering and troop inspection. >> the pentagon pulled out all stops and panetta, the defense secretary, started putting out these dire numbers, 800,000 civilian jobs at the pentagon furloughed, 20% cut in pay after he gave a very angry speech at georgetown university, within hours the panic, they put out there will only be one aircraft carrier in the persian gulf and is a big issue for the republicans. >> there's not enough, is there? >> there's been two there the past two years. chris: again, the president wants to go big picture and talk big picture and he's confronted with this. >> it's a big issue for the house republicans because there's a big division there. you've got some of the tea party conservatives saying you know what, this is the best we'll get on cuts so we're going to eat the defense cuts because the cuts are shared across the board. and there are lots of republicans, i believe, including the house speaker, who don't believe that. chris: you believe there's enough republicans who are not far right. >> it's not going to happen and i think that this gets us back to the ma
bent on jamming him on all fronts and off to a quick start. stalling the president's pentagon choice. who's got it about america, him or them? back on march. market on a tear, way up at 14,000. but that schedule add cross-the-board spending cut that seems unthinkable is now assumed. seriously, are we looking at first of march calamity? finally, guns and race. half of white men in america own guns. do you believe it? barack obama lost two-thirds of white men who didn't go to college, first wipeout since walter mondale lost 49 states to 1. can the president ever crack through that? hi, i'm chris matthews. welcome to the show. with us today presidential historian michael beschloss. cook political report amy walter. "the washington post's" henderson and "the new york times"'s david henderhard. have the republicans turn turned up the heat on barack obama now even before he won re-election? we saw in there temporary the defeat of chuck hagel's nomination, leaving the president without a pentagon secretary and there seems to be more where that came from. we decide to look at how this past t
the pentagon. what is at stake if congress does not avoid billion dollar budget cuts. >> we are seeing lake effect snow showers downwind of the great lakes. cold weather and an active weather is here to stay. live look outdoors with clouds in place. >> grim warnings from the pentagon this afternoon. massive furloughs are pending for civilian employees if lawmakers don't avoid the sequester. with just nine days left, the president is continuing his own plea for negotiations. >> the fight over $1.20 trillion over across the board spending cuts is raging on even with lawmakers out of town. today it is the pentagon's turn to warn congress did more than 700,000 civilian employees would take one day off a week without pay. yesterday president obama blamed republicans for holding up a deal. he was surrounded at the white house by emergency responders that the president said could lose their jobs. >> these cuts are not smart, not fair, they will hurt our economy. >> the president wants to replace the cuts with revenue. house speaker john boehner say the revenue debate is closed. >> republicans are
numbers on our website, wbaltv.com. >> a major announcement from the pentagon. secretary leon panetta warned congress that hundreds of thousands of civilian workers could be furloughed and soon. >> if a series of automatic spending cuts hit next week. nikole killion has details. >> if these furloughs going to affect it would mean forced time off and less pay. at the pentagon a sobering announcement. >> we feel we do not have any choice but to impose furloughs. we would much prefer not to do it. >> officials laid out their plans to furlough 800,000 workers if automatic spending cuts known as sequestration go into effect march 1. >> the furloughs are enacted civilians were -- will experience a 20% decrease in their pay between late april and september. as a result, many families will be forced to make difficult decisions. >> in a letter to john boehner, leon panetta warned their deductions would put us on a pass to a hollow force. and john kerry said the fiscal impact threatens america's credibility. >> there is nothing in this current budget fight that requires us to make bad decisions
faced changes in the military operations. the pentagon said it will reduce plans in the persian gulf. that would leave one carrier in the region. defense secretary leon panetta warns under the pentagon cuts, workers could face furloughs saying, quote, this is not a game. this is reality. >>> vice president joe biden made an emotional appeal to house democrats urging them to support the obama administration gun control administration. inviteden choked up while recounting sandy hook. and a somber tone turned emphatic, reminding his audience as of their obligations as lawmakers to act. >> when people tell me that you can't prevent these kinds of occurrences, that doesn't mean we can't do something to god forbid if it happens again, diminish the carnage. it matters. it matters. >> speaking to those worried about the political consequences and backing controversial gun legislation, biden argued, quote, i promise you times have changed. >>> new jersey governor chris christie is known for being direct. well, once, his response to a doctor offering an unsolicited opinion on his weight was ju
the new bridge and daycare money -- >> the pentagon has been very good, once they've been unleashed by the administration, for a long time the administration was saying let's not talk about this too much. now they can't talk about it much. and nobody is better at talking about it than the pentagon. because it's the largest organization in the world. they actually have to plan things. i'm told that in a lot of agencies around town, they don't know what to do. >> the planning is a mess. but the pentagon they're running wars. chris: let me go to the usual probability. the president gives in because he gets scared about national defense. he can't get the aircraft carrier into the persian gulf and we'll do the mix over again and cut some of the social spending. is that likely he'll do that? >> i think after you've gone past the sequester, and once the pain starts to hit, there will be some sort of negotiation. he will give a bit and i think the republicans will have to give a bit, too. you got democrats at the moment targeting half of the tea party members because precisely they think th
other states. not only is virginia home to the pentagon, the world's largest u.s. navy base, but a hub for major defense contractors such as aircraft builders. so the impact over 200,000 jobs, second only to california. you can't want this automatic spending cut to go forward. >> you know, clearly this is not, david, the best way to go about trying to chroontrol spending. and we have demonstrated in the house two separate occasions -- one of the bills we put across the floor and passed i was the sponsor of for that reason. these are indiscriminate cuts. we can do a lot better. what i hope to be able to hear from the president in the state of the union is he wants to join us in trying to effect much smarter cuts in spending. >> but that's what he's saying. >> we don't have to have the impact that you just described. >> why not work with him on short-term measure which he is talking about to delay this, find a different way to go about some of the cuts? >> the problem is, david, every time you turn around the answer is to raise taxes. and, you know, he just got his tax hike on the wealth
defended the pentagon's response to the attack in benghazi that left chris stevenson and three others dead. there just wasn't enough time to get attack aircraft to the scene. >>> today, president obama will speak at a farewell dinner for panetta. he will be replaced by chuck hagel if replaced by the senate. >>> and michelle obama plans to travel to chicago to attend the funeral for 15-year-old hadiya pendleton. a band student and honor opportunity who participated in the inauguration festivities. hadiya was the victim of gun violence last week. fatally shot about a mile from the obama home. >>> wall street is bracing for a blizzard. keep an eye on linkedin today. the professional social media network shot up 10%. thanks to earnings that dealer doubled. >>> boeing stocks go higher. federal investigators have given the green light to testing of the dreamliner. >>> we'll see how apple fared day after. david iron horn called the company out for the bailout of cash. apple said it's consider the proposal of shares. they could build a stack of dollar bills. 9,000 miles high. they could foot the c
budget, pentagon leaders are worried about the impact in the military. if congress cannot get a big deal, -- >> then they should pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms. >> get us through the fiscal year and give congress time to work on a budget. >> we should give them a chance to come up with this budget instead of making indiscriminate cuts now that will cost us jobs and significantly slowed down our recovery. >> both sides agree something has to be done, but how? republican leaders are digging in their heels against more tax revenue. john boehner believes there is a better way to reduce the deficit but americans do not support sacrificing real spending caps for more tax hikes. the president signaled yesterday he might be open to changes in medicare and social security. >> coming up, a powerful earthquake triggers a five-foot tsunami in the south pacific. the latest estimates on the damage. you could soon go all we can without mail service. why the post office is cons >> at least five people are dead in the solomon islands following a tsunami in the south pacific. this
kabul. for more we turn to pentagon correspondent jim miklaciewski. >> this order today shocked u.s. defense and military officials. they were taken totally by surprise. military officials also have strongly denied u.s. commandos condone or in any way took part in kidnapping, torture, or murders of afghan civilians or suspects. president karzai has occasionally in the past taken the u.s. military to task and, in part, to show the afghan people that he is in charge, but this province is a taliban stronghold, one of the hottest combat areas in afghanistan, so if karzai is playing politics here, it's an extremely dangerous game. now, president obama has already announced that 34,000 american troops, half the total american -- from afghanistan by the end of this year, but if u.s. forces are prevent from executing their mission, you may start to hear calls from washington to bring home all american forces sooner than planned. lester. >> thank you. >>> up next here tonight, the pope and his last sunday appearance. but we can still help you see your big picture. with the fidelity guided
report tonight from our pentagon correspondent, jim miklaszewski. >> reporter: wedged deep into a valley surrounded by soaring mountains, combat outpost keating in eastern afghanistan was a death trap. for staff sergeant clint romesha, it was indefensible. >> every which direction you looked, you were looking straight up at the mountain. >> reporter: romesha and the other soldiers at cop keating were under constant attack. but in october 2009, the taliban launched the most ferocious assault ever. and unleashed a deadly downpour of fire like shooting fish in a barrel. >> 360 degrees, we were taking, you know, rfgs, machine gunfire, mortar fire was coming in. i mean, it was accurate. it was, you know, on target. it was pinning positions down. >> reporter: the americans were vastly outnumbered, nearly 400 to 52. in the first hour, three u.s. soldiers were killed. others pinned down by gunfire. and with no regard for his own life, romesha led five others on a rescue mission. >> it was going to be a knife fight, getting to where we were going. >> reporter: romesha took out an enemy machine gu
with a budget that everybody could agree on. >> cuts could slow down the economy. pentagon leaders are deeply worried about the impact on the military. the president says if congress cannot cut a big deal -- >> they should pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms. >> he is thinking short-term. get us to the fiscal year. give congress time to work on a budget. >> they should have a chance to come up with a budget instead of making cuts now that will slow down the recovery. >> both sides agree something must be done. but how? that is the fight. republican leaders are digging in their heels. john boehner said, "we believe there's a better way to reduce the deficit." part of the proposal has included cuts to entitlement programs like medicare and social security. the president signaled yesterday he may be open to some of those. hallie jackson, wbal-tv 11 news . >> some good news for the housing industry. home prices rose by more than -- the most in six and half years. prices rose by 8.3% in december. prices rose last year in 46 of the 50 states. this helps to fuel the housing recov
: the need is exploding. the pentagon's u.s. cyber command is drawing up plans to bring 4,000 new computer security experts onboard. homeland security secretary janet napolitano warns that the lack of experts nationwide is critical. >> it should be encrypted here and is not. >> reporter: the university of southern california is among a handful of the nation's colleges answering the call, preparing to offer a degree in cyber security. >> for whatever type of system that i'm going to develop for somebody i want to make sure that it's secure. >> in the past if your computer got attacked maybe you were worried about slow start up speeds. now they can actually affect your livelihood. >> reporter: educators say it's essential to start building the cyber work force earlier in schools and colleges, preparing for one part of the economy everyone agrees is expanding as the cyber threat spreads. pete williams, nbc news, washington. >>> the man who has been on the forefront of fighting cyber attacks among other threats at the pentagon is weighing in on the wailing his likely successor got on capitol h
significant military capability. senator john mccain wrote the pentagon, calling it one of the most egregious examples of mismanagement in recent memory. >> $1 billion has been basically totally wasted, with nothing to show for it. >> reporter: just flushed down the drain. >> flushed down the drain. >> reporter: you know, a lot of americans remember that infamous $600 toilet set. is this even worse than that? >> i don't mean to make a joke, but at least they got a toilet seat. out of this, they got nothing. we got nothing. >> reporter: so what went wrong? >> you had a company that wasn't up to the task of managing the project. you had a computer system that wasn't actually able to do the job. and you had an air force that was asleep at the switch. >> reporter: a top executive for the lead contractor, computer science's corporation or csc, told nbc news that it provided the air force with capabilities and assets to deliver the system of the future, and that taxpayers got their money's worth. an air force official sees it differently. >> i'm personally appalled at the limited capabilities that
, it means cutting $85 billion a year, half from the pentagon, half from nondefense programs. everything from education to national parks to meals on wheels. exempt from the cuts, programs like social security and veterans' benefits and student loans. the administration warns federal food inspectors would be temporarily furloughed. that could mean less product, higher prices and fewer jobs. air travelers may see longer lines at security checkpoints. by one congressional estimate, as many as 9,000 tsa officers may have to be laid off. the pentagon budget would be cut 11% a year even as the war in afghanistan continues. d.o.d. civilian workers will likely take the hit. plans call for more than 700,000 to take one day off a week without pay, a 20% pay cut. jason mckenzie owns ride on bikes in columbus, georgia, home to fort benning. military employees make up half his business so smaller paychecks could mean fewer sales. >> it's going to take money out of everybody's pocket, everything. everybody will stop spending, everybody. >> reporter: one of the ripple effects of gridlock in washington felt
. usaa. we know what it means to serve. >>> the pentagon has created a new medal to award to those in uniform who contribute to the fight without ever serving in harm's way. it's called the distinguished warfare medal. it will be rewarded for extraordinary achievement in things like operating drones or taking part in cyber warfare. the pentagon wants to point out their contribution to the war effort is no less valid. the decoration would rank between the silver and bronze stars in terms of its significance. >>> well, it's one of the cruellest aspects of politics in the television age. no matter how well-crafted the content, no matter how thoughtful a person you are, it's the television moments, the superficial, purely visual moments that are often remembered forever instead. and that will certainly be the case with florida senator marco rubio's gop response last night. it was instantly branded the aqua lunge. some called it watergate when his mouth grew palpably dry and the water was just too far away to reach for it comfortable, so he reached for it as if he was under fire. the wa
. eventually, this will move to the east coast again. we'll be watching this one very closely. >>> the pentagon made a big announcement as we headed into the weekend. it's putting the country's single largest weapons program on hold. all 51 of the pentagon's new f-35 fighter jets will be grounded following the discovery of a crashed turbine blade in one of the plane's engines. it's the second time in two weeks the government has had to pause the $396 billion weapons program. >>> trouble for another big program tonight. at this moment the most contaminated nuclear site in the country is leaking a mix of radioactive and toxic material into the soil. the waste is coming from old underground tanks in washington state's hanford nuclear reservation, a site that produced plutonium for the bombs dropped in world war ii. officials say the leak is not an immediate threat since it will likely take years for the chemicals to reach the groundwater. >>> when "nightly news" continues on this saturday, finding the next big breakthroughs in medicine. a new generation gets millions to make it happen. >>> the new
the president's pick to head the pentagon, former republican senator chuck hagel, came under fire from members of his own party during a very contentious confirmation hearing. >> name one person in your opinion who's intim nated by the israeli lobby in the united states senate. >> are we right or wrong? that's a pretty straightforward question. >> senator hagel, please answer the question i asked. today, do you think unilateral sanctions would be a bad idea? >> all this raising questions about how effective chuck hagel will be if confirmed as secretary of defense. earlier this weekend, i sat down for a rare joint interview with the top military leadership issue the outgoing secretary of defense leon panetta and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff general martin dempsey. >>> secretary panetta, welcome back to "meet the press." general dempsey, welcome. let me start with the man that is poised to take your place. he underwent on thursday a pretty tough round of questioning. he seemed to struggle with a lot of the answers. of course this is chuck hagel, the former republican senator from ne
on whether to leave gays to their ranks. and on the heels, the pentagon is announcing a policy shift. leon panetta is expected to expand some benefits to granting access to various spots on bases are said to be included. however, it remains droughtful that mental, dental, housing allowances would be offered under the new proposal. an extension of those benefits would require an appeal of 1996 distance of marriage act. >>> and now for a look at the winter storm that is approaching the northeast. this one's going to be nasty, right? >> it has the potential. i have a feeling this is like the first day of school. this is the big shot a big storm in the northeast ever since november after sandy. that was a crazy nor'easter. but this is your typical midwestern storm. the moisture is starting to increase across texas with the rain and thunderstorms. we've seen that in laredo and san antonio. but this will be the rainy spot throughout the day today. over the next 48 hours we'll track this to the southeast. potentially an inch and a half to two inches of rain in this area north of atlanta. and out
. >> tonight instead of focusing on how budget cuts would affect the pentagon, president obama will focus on the middle class. thousands of government jobs. >> his emphasis to continue to have four manufacturing sector expand, that work is in don. >> in the audience, the parents of a slain chicago teenager, underscoring the president's push for gun control. >> i am happy that the murder of hadiya pendleton is on the president's mind. >> the goal is to move public opinion. that is what moves congress. >> lawmakers say his clear focus must be the budget. >> if we don't get it under control fairly soon, then we will end up with a nation which is insolvent. >> republicans are already criticizing what happens after the speech. the president will hit the road to push his agenda. >> if you are worried about this issue, why are you working with congress to prevent it? >> marco rubio delivers the republican response tonight. tracie potts, wbal-tv 11 news. >> mayor stephanie rawlings- blake did the same thing on monday. she unveiled details of her solution to keep the city financially sound. she pr
to come up with a budget that everybody could agree on. >> cuts could still down the economy. pentagon leaders are deeply worried about the impact on the military. if congress cannot cut a big deal -- >> they should pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms. >> he is thinking short-term. give congress time to work on a budget. >> they should have a chance to come up with a budget instead of making cuts now that was slow down the recovery. >> both sides agreed something must be done. republican leaders are digging in their heels. "we believe there's a better way to reduce the deficit," said john boehner. part of the proposal has included cuts to entitlement programs like medicare and social security. the president signaled yesterday he may be open to some of those. >> where does our debt stand? >> we have run more than $1 chilean in red ink -- $1 trillion. our debt will be $845 billion. busy projection -- that is the projection. >> 5:27. >> city police investigate a triple stabbing that happened near yesterday's victory parade. >> the weather is nice and quiet this morning
class and the economy and growth. so instead of focusing on the effect of those cuts on the pentagon, the president will talk about the effect on the middle class. things like research and headstart and push for congress to quickly make some changes to fix the debt coalition here in washington say it's not just the president and it's not just congress. they've got to work together to get this done. and on the republican side. marco rubio from florida, by the way, delivers the response tonight. republicans are already criticizing what happens after the president's speech. he's hitting the road, three trips in three days to push his agenda. mara. >> tracie potts in washington, we'll be keeping an eye on all of it. tonight brian williams and the entire nbc news team will have complete coverage of president obama's state of the union and republican reply. >>> many around the world are still stunned by pope benedict's announcement he's giving up the papacy. abdication hasn't happened in six centuries. it's creating shock waves even from the sky. the guardian newspaper shows lightning hitt
for that. >>> the white house said it's a move that plays politics with the pentagon. senate republicans blocking at least temporarily the nomination of chuck hagel to be secretary of defense. the motion to move toward a final vote failed 58-40. it's the first time a defense secretary naum he nominee has needed to clear 60 votes. the move is likely to further strain partisan tensions less than a month into president obama's second term. >> my expectation and hope is that chuck hagel who richly deserves to get a vote on the floor of the senate will be confirmed as our defense secretary. it's just unfortunate that this kind of politics intrudes at a time when i'm still presiding over a war in afghanistan. >> there's still questions outstanding. i believe that senators have the right to have those questions answered. >> some senators say they want to examine information regarding the u.s. consulate attack in benghazi. majority leader harry reid plans to bring up the matter when congress returns from recess at the end of the month. >>> during a live streaming google hangout chat thursday pre
on the chopping block. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. one of the biggest to be affected will be the pentagon, an 11% budget cut every year. what that means, not only for government workers, but for defense contractors as well, lost jobs. more than 700,000 people forced to be furloughed one day a week. that's the equivalent of a 20% pay cut. but take a look at some of the other areas where you may see the sequester take effect. 750,000 jobs lost. overall, that's 902 million in reduced loans for small businesses that could have an effect nationwide. 1,000 fbi agents would go away. 600,000 people could lose wic, that's supplemental health for women and children. and more than 100,000 homeless people at risk of going back on the streets. not to mention tsa. we're hearing 9,000 tsa workers could get furloughed that could mean very long lines at the airports. mara. >> thanks. >>> tea party activists are blasting governor rick scott of florida for changing his mind on medicaid expansion. he said he will use president obama's health care act to provide medical coverage. scott opposed obama care as a
the sequester. that the cuts will take effect for a short period of time. the pentagon is going with congress to say that they are likely go to furlough more than 700,000 employees if these cuts were to take effect. it's basically going to be a 20% pay cut for those employees. and that's going to trickle down into the economy. now that announcement comes one day after president obama called on congress to act. >>> vice president joe biden is offering up advice on the best way to defend yourself in you with a firearm. in a facebook meeting tuesday, biden talked about the white house efforts to restrict the size of ammunition clips and other proposals. during that chashgts biden said the best thing foreprotection is a shotgun. >> put that double-barrel shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house. i promise you, whoever is coming in is not going to -- you don't need an ar-15. it's harder to aim. it's harder to use. and in fact, you don't need 30 rounds to protect yourself. buy a shotgun. >> buy a shotgun. all right. biden said he keeps two shotguns locked up at home and he's told his wife jill
't or won't act. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> president obama's nominee to run the pentagon will have to wait at least another week for an up or down vote in the senate. it now appears chuck hagel will get the vote when senators return. two top republicans say they will stop efforts to stall his confirmation. that filibuster came a day after hagel was approved by the armed services by a party-line vote. one of his most vocal opponents says while he doesn't believe hague sell qualified, he won't hold up the process. >> i thought we had an agreement to wait a week so the remaining questions would be answered, but i understand the white house wanted a vote. they got a vote. we will have a vote when we get back. i'm confident that senator hagel will probably have the votes necessary to be confirmed as the secretary of defense. >> the gop it says blocked hagel's nomination in an effort to further examine his record and views on israel and iran. senate majority leader harry reid hopes to bring a final vote to the floor when congress goes back in session next monday. >>> so residen
. >>> welcome back. now to some other stories that caught our eye this morning. the pentagon will roll out medals for members of the military who contribute without action on the front lines. it's called the distinguishing warfare medals. >>> a kennedy was back at the white house but this time in handcuffs. r.f.k. jr. was there. his 18-year-old son connor and darryl hanna were also taken into custody. >>> president obama is laying out plans for life after the white house. he told the crowd in alabama he's looking forward to playing a little golf, firing and bash coug. >>> and new york mayer bloomberg wants a permanent ban on plastic containers. >>> overseas to georgia where things got heated between two politicians during a debate on live television. you can see two members of parliament clashing on the set. the topic of the debate, ways to reduce political violence. the irony. >>> the new website pendet tracker.com raises predictions on everything from sports to politics to finance. if you're there, don't put your money on pat buchanan. >>> and inews is out with a new survey own sex and r
its new leader, kim jong un. we'll have a live report from the pentagon straight ahead. >>> a big development in the story we've been following, two men now charged in connection with the murder of a 15-year-old chicago girl who performed at the president's inauguration. we'll get reaction to that news from her parents who, by the way, will attend tonight's state of the union address with the first lady. >>> we'll also talk to a senior white house adviser about the pre's address. >>> then we'll take a turn. you may have heard of snap chat. it lets you send a picture and control how long people view it. we told you some parents are raising concerns about its safety. coming up, what its young founder has to say about that. >>> sports illustrated is out with its swimsuit issue today. the woman on the cover? same woman on the cover last year. ho-hum. kate upton. that is an amazing shoot in antarctica. kate will join us live to talk about that. >>> and then why is al weathering the elements in this new psa? he will explain. >>> nuclear test overnight from a defiant north korea. nbc's j
for the pentagon if congress doesn't act. and he had had some choice words for both sides blaming each for to reach an agreement to avoid cuts to our military. also generally what's happened lately to washington. >> thank you very much. this is not a game. this is reality. these steps would seriously damage a fragile american economy, and they would degrade our ability to respond to crisis, precisely at a time of rising inacross stability across the globe. >> panetta served for 16 years, 8 terms. today he called the defense spending cuts legislative madness. >>> the use of drones continues to make headlines tonight. after our nbc news report about the obama administration's use of drone strikes to target suspected terrorists overseas. that same technology is being used here at home, a lot. not to launch missile strikes of any kind, but as eyes in the sky for a local law enforcement and a lot of other uses. they've got a lot of folks concerned, and some states are moving to ban drones. our report tonight from nbc's john yang in chicago. >> reporter: while the alabama hostage crisis was under way in
a day are committing suicide, brian. >> jim miklaszewski on duty for us at the pentagon tonight. jim, thanks. >>> it was a busy first day on the job for the new secretary of state, john kerry. and it started with a rousing welcome from hundreds of employees at the state department, and a nod to his predecessors. >> here's the big question before the country and the world and the state department after the last eight years. can a man actually run the state department? i don't know. as the saying goes, i have big heels to fill. >> john kerry, referencing hillary clinton and condoleezza rice. before that, colin powell had the job. kerry is the first white man to hold the job of secretary of state since warren christopher 16 years ago. >>> now to the 15-year-old girl who became a global inspiration after she survived an assassination attempt by the taliban in pakistan, because she spoke out for the rights of young women. her name, malala, now being mentioned for the nobel peace prize. and tonight we're hearing from her for the first time since her remarkable recovery. our report from nbc
. the pentagon will have to find more savings. >> this is felt in be in small towns a light. >> it is not just those working for the military that will be affected . house democrats have a hearing to talk about other effects. president obama talked about the impact in an interview. >> we do not need these automatic mindless spending cuts. >> john boehner asked of the president, what is he doing to stop the sequester that would hall allowed the armed forces? as politicians squabble, leon panetta is talking with nato about how these cuts would affect our allies. >> there is a new poll out about these spending cuts. >> it says 25% of people have not heard anything about these cuts. another 25% have heard a lot about these cuts. three in 10 americans would blame the president. >> hallie jackson, thank you. defense attorneys for oscar pistorius are putting the police on trial. the lead detective faces attempted murder charges. a series of police blunders in handling the crime scene. oscar pistorius thought his girlfriend was an intruder. another round of snowstorms slamming the midwest. kansas city
is the pentagon's turn to warrant congress. more than 700,000 ciliate employes would take one day off a week without pay. president obama blamed republicans for holding up a deal. the president said emergency responders could lose their jobs. >> these cuts are not fair and it will hurt our economy. >> john boehner said the revenue debate is now closed. >> republicans are not comfortable with these defense cuts. >> lawmakers are feeling the pinch. >> this is a missed opportunity to show we're serious about deficit reduction. >> a new plant would cut the deficit over 10 years. >> both camps have to get out of their comfort zone and make these tough decisions. >> lawmakers are not likely to accept the plan. it does appear at this time that the sequester would take effect. danielle leigh, wbal-tv 11 news. >> 6:08. 32 degrees at the airport. an airline will upgrade their in-flight entertainment. >> and historic block in kansas city goes up in flames. >> another day in court for oscar pistorius, accused of murdering his girlfriend. what authorities say they found inside his home. >> i am live at t
on wbaltv.com, on our facebook page, or send us an e-mail to watercooler@wbaltv.com. >> the pentagon will notify congress of its plan to furlough employees. more than 700,000 will be required to take one day off per week without pay if sequestration kicks in. >> maryland could be impacted most by sequestration. >> howard county officials are bracing. 50,000 officials hold positions that could be affected by the in. that can agaikick >> it will be devastating. it is not just the big contractors. it is also the small ones. >> calling on congress to get a deal done. the obama administration plans to stop cyber stealing. >> hallie jackson has details. >> the obama administration will announce it is going after countries that spy on the u.s. by hacking. the u.s. wants more fines as part of an aggressive stance against cyber attacks, especially those from china. a chinese military unit was linked to years of stealing secrets on mine from the u.s. and private companies. china says they have nothing to do with the cyber attacks. >> what has the administration done so far? >> the president ha
was at the hands of fellow republicans. when he walks into the pentagon as the new secretary of defense, he will be the first vietnam veteran to have that job. he still carries shrapnel with him from combat, where he earned two purple hearts. >>> now to the weather, as another big storm pounds the plains and the midwest. you can see it is a huge system, as it sweeps across the country now from west to east. it has dumped more than two feet of snow outside denver. it's caused blizzard conditions through kansas, missouri, oklahoma, and they're having a genuine, classic winter evening in chicago. that's where we find weather channel meteorologist eric fisher on michigan avenue tonight. eric, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. we're not seeing those up to hurricane-force gusts that we had across the plains that wreaked havoc yesterday, but we are seeing that same heavy, wet snow that's left over 100,000 people without electricity. in wichita this morning, they were digging out from the snowiest february on record. >> that's a lot of snow. i'm not used to this. >> reporter: while ae
morning. >> good morning. president obama touched on the automatic spending cuts last night. the pentagon might not have enough funds to pay for the military's health care if those cuts happen on march 1. the president bypass congress to boost the nation's cyber security. he said nuclear plants are all vulnerable to hacking and do need more protection. shares of sourcefire jumped 7% in anticipation of that news. another wow yesterday for the dow. the dow is now sitting at the highest level of the year. futures this morning are pretty quiet. netflix beefing up original programming. it already has "house of cards." there will have the first original tv series for children. a false the adventures of a snail that becomes superspeed the -- it follows the adventures of a smell that becomes a super speedy. at the new york stock exchange, i'm jane king, bloomberg news, for wbal-tv 11 news. >> now weather and traffic together on the 1's. >> good morning. we're starting out with some quiet weather. 32 at the airport. 31 in randallstown. it should be dry but chilly this morning. a mix of light rain
to make it harder for small employers to hire people? >> 15 days till drastic cuts in pentagon spending. >> and social services. sequestration, automatic and there is no budget deal. the senate gop leader said the president should have proposed a study. >> instead we just got gimmicks and tax hikes. just one more plan from the president to -- designed to fail so he can blame others. >> mr. obama has failed to get the minimum wage to $9.50. that was his goal but it was raised in two dozen 9 from $6.50 -- [inaudible] the president did not mention the sequestration cuts that many feel might be inevitable. >> the white house wants to h elp families and college students get the biggest bang for the buck. it compares schools and the database allows students to compare the rates at which graduates to fall on their loans. developers plan to add data on how much graduates of the school learned. for more information will -- you can go to our website, wbaltv.com. education alert. >> hd doppler prepicking up on e precipitation. pink is mixing in. there could be some snow or -- raiderettes know. the
. >>> the pentagon is cutting back the number of aircraft carriers in and around the persian gulf from two to one because of budget cuts. the move is expected to save several hundred million dollars. there have been two carriers in the region, though, for the last two years. >>> researchers say there's a new strain of whooping cough out there that may be resistant to the vaccine used for decades. last year was the worst year for whooping cough in the u.s. in more than 50 years. health officials think this new strain may be the reason why. the new germ was first found in france, japan and finland. now it's been found here in the u.s. . and one day after the u.s. postal service announced the end of saturday home mail delivery, in belgium the postal service there is adding something, chocolate flavored stamps. they are especially made to taste and smell like chocolate, definitely worth a second lick. no calories either, i don't think. a massachusetts man hoping his 14-year-old daughter will spend more time hitting the textbooks by staying away from facebook. he drew up a contract and agreed to pay h
again. the pentagon is expected to announce soon that it will begin extending some benefits to same-sex couples who previously have been denied. it's not clear how extensive the list of additional benefits will be. the move comes about a year and a half after the official end of don't ask, don't tell. >>> some students from sandy hook elementary will be part of the preshow for this sunday's grammy awards. children recently recorded "over the rainbow" to help newtown, connecticut, heal from the december tragedy at that school. a different group of newtown children performed at the super bowl with jennifer hudson. >>> and it's not exactly nemo, but an orange and white gold fish has found a human friend. the disabled fish now sports, take a look closely, special sling to help it get around the tank. its owner says the fish may look silly but he adds it's better than lying at the bottom of the tank all day. i add it's better than floating at the top. it is now nine minutes after the hour. now let's get a check of the weather from al. >> and then you finish like that? >> i said it's bett
you very much. nice to be here. we're going to start with the entire fleet of the pentagon's f-35 fighter jets which is grounded this morning after a cracked engine blade was discovered on the air force version of the jet during a routine inspection. the pentagon immediately grounded all f-35s even though the navy and marine corps use different versions. the engine is being sent to the manufacturer to figure out how that happened. if you have an f-35, don't fly it today. sort of wait. >>> boeing is hoping to get its 787 dreamliners flying as soon as possible. the company's executives met on friday with the faa to talk about the ongoing battery issues that grounded that 787 dreamliner fleet in the first place. boeing is proposing a fix for the batteries even though they still don't know what caused them to overheat. the faa says it is reviewing the proposal very closely. >>> so you can now add microsoft to the list of companies that says it's been hacked. a small u.n. of computers were infected -- small number of computers were intected with malware. it's similar to the ones that p
-term cateindicatcateindici. if you're making a 7%, 8% cut in the pentagon, the first thing you must do is pull back an aircraft carrier from the persian gulf. really, it's the first thing? with that said, when you begin looking at the numbers and the difficulty of cutting, you realize you can't furlough uniformed military personnel. you're going to end up furloughing civilians. you can't make certain cuts so they become more drastic. in this situation they could have made more long-term. they have multiple deadlines, as we all know. what people in congress are talking about, how to combine them. how do you combine the sequester with the budget battle coming up, with the debt ceiling fight that's going to come back again. how do you add those together so you come up with a larger deal. >> the washington dimension is striking, too. now you have bob woodward of the "washington post" taking on the white house saying the president is moving the goalpost by insisting on tax revenues being in there. let me read a portion of what's in his opinion piece this morning. the final deal reached between vice pres
, civilian life so difficult? >> there's nothing in place -- i mean, the pentagon had some things, department of defense had some things, even special forces. they have a few programs for these guys but mostly they don't know about it. >> is that their fault? is the independepentagon doing but is not widely known? >> v.a. will tell you one pentagon program in particular is not widely known. >> navy s.e.a.l.s continue to fight bravely, accomplishing crit critical mission that is keep our nation safe. the details of the bin laden operation are well known. we take seriously the safety and security of our people as well as our responsibility to assist sailors making the transition to civilian life. without more information about this particular case, it would be difficult to determine the degree to which our transition progr programs succeeded. what's the takeaway? >> the takeaway is that i think it's great. i think it's great they're committed to these guys. at the same time what they offered him when he came out from that -- at the end of the raid, the next day or day after the raid was a form
. the pentagon notifies congress today of its large-scale furlough plan should those cuts kick in. >>> let's head to wall street. jackie deangelis is at the new york stock exchange. >> good morning, natalie. another day, another cyber attack. this time on apple. authorities believe that the hackers that targeted facebook last week use d the same softwae to attack the mac computers of apple employees. all this, of course, coming on the heels of chrysler, jeep and burger king saying their twitter accounts were attacked. >>> meanwhile it isn't 1999 but investors are sure partying like it is, after nasdaq hit an all-time high. >>> generating some buzz after a facebook town hall chat with parents' magazine and a discussion focusing on joe biden's gun control efforts. >> if you want to protect yourself, get a double barrel shotgun. you don't need an ar-15. buy a shotgun. buy a shotgun. >> vice president says he has two shotguns of his own at his home in delaware. those dash cam videos from russia never seem to disappoint. take a look, the driver was surprised to see that the vehicle came at the next ga
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